Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Micro fiction

Assignment 2: Microfiction screenplay: (200 words or less)- A complete story (beginning, middle, & end). Make it interesting even though it’s short.

Here are some links to micro fiction work for inspiration:

Here are some great samples of student writing:

Here are a few super short micro fiction works:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Group Photo Next Wednesday

Just wanted to let everyone know we are going to take our Group Photo Next Wednesday for the yearbook. See you then afterschool.

Monday, October 29, 2007

New Website

Film Club Website

Hey guys, Here's a link to the new Media Art Honor Society website.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hamptons International Film Festival

Here's a link to the information for this years Hampton's International Film Festival. The festival runs October 17-21 in East Hampton.

film festival website

volunteer contact



Adobe Downloads

Here is the website I mentioned that has the free trial downloads and beta versions of new Adobe software for you to try out. Check the downloads button along the top menu. I reccomend Visual Communicator and media player but there is plenty of cool stuff to try out. Have fun!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Media Art Honor Society

The first meeting of the Media Art Honor Society is this week. We'll be discussing the events we'll be participating in this year and some of the Honor Society information.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Filmmaking Quarter Assignment

Hey Film, Our first quarter assignment is a collaboration which reflects on the community, the school, and the issues (positive and negative) that people deal with here. The idea is to share this film with other communities and exchange final projects so that we can learn about ourselves as well as other communities.

Monday, June 11, 2007


Congradulations on completing the Needles filmmaking course! You have all created some terrific work so have a great summer! Also, for those of you going off to college I'd like to wish you the best of luck!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

End of the year assignments

Here are the final assignments for the year with the due dates:

All work due by Friday June 8:

Documentary short
Create a short film based on the pitch you wrote earlier in the year (2-5 minutes)

Comedic storyboard
Create a storyboard for your short comedic film (12 frames)

"Del Preston" comedy script
Create a short film pitch based on the Del Preston character from Wayne's World (2 paragaphs)

Comedic short
Create a short film based on the material we discussed in class(2-5 minutes)

Comedic Screenplay
Write an original 3 page screenplay based on the comedy methods we discussed in class (3 pages)

Film portfolio on CD (10 short film clips with titles)
Create a CD of all the work you have done in class

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Leonard Cohen - Democracy

Here's a poem by Leonard Cohen, a terrific writer and musician, for The United States of Poetry series. It's fairly simple but read well and the camera work heightens the pacing.

Matt Cook - The Rulers We Deserve

Here's another fun video poem by Matt Cook for The United States of Poetry series. This one stands on the strength and humor of the poem itself. If you have a poem that's performed well you can find an interesting place to film it and that's it.

Billy Collins - The Dead

Here's another great video poem written by Billy Collins and animated by Juan Delcan. This one is pretty terrific too.

Billy Collins - Forgetfulness

Here's a cool video poem to check out from one of my favorite poets Billy Collins. The short is done really well in it's use of special effects (the poem is one you'll appreciate as you get older).

Welcome Filmmakers

Welcome to the Needles Film Academy a blog for Mr. Needles film classes (and anyone else who loves film). Currently my classes are working on short experimental films based on poetry or short stories so we'll be sharing some resources in the coming weeks.